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Star Clippers Waives Single Supplements on Select 2018 Sailings
The deal is available on select sailings departing in 2018. | Star Clippers

With more and more travelers choosing to travel solo, Star Clippers is now waiving single supplements on select 2018 Mediterranean and Transatlantic sailings.

The tall ship cruise line is embracing the new way to travel with its social on-board atmosphere and diverse range of sailing itineraries that appeal to the solo voyager.

Star Clippers is waving single supplements on a variety of 2018 Mediterranean sailings, ranging from five to 14 nights on board the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer. Examples of included sailings on the Royal Clipper include a 5-night Spain and Morocco itinerary from Lisbon to Malaga on April 23, and 12-night versions of the same sailing that goes on to the Balearic Islands, Corsica, and Cannes. Rates range from $1,385 for the five-night sailing to $3,030 for 12-nights. On the Star Flyer, a seven-night French Riviera sailing round trip from Cannes departs June 2, with rates starting at $1,690.

For solo travelers looking for longer voyages, the cruise line has waived the single supplement on two Transatlantic sailings. Guests can take the 20-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from St. Maarten to Lisbon aboard the Star Flyer, which includes 19 nights at sea and departs on March 31 with rates starting at $2,350.

There is also a 28-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from Barbados to Cannes with stops in Azores, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, the Balearic Islands, and France. This sailing aboard the Royal Clipper departs Barbados on April 7 with rates starting at $4,020.

For more information, visit www.starclippers.com.

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Variety Cruises to Give Away 50 Percent Vouchers to Former Guests
Winners will be chosen by the company on October 16, 2017. | Variety Cruises

In celebration of their 50th anniversary in small ship cruising, Variety Cruises is offering 50 Variety Club Members (past passengers) with a 50 percent off voucher for them and their travel companion on all cruises (with the exception of Cuba for which the 50 percent reduction applies only on the cruise) and no single supplement if they travel alone.  

The 50 winners will be drawn from a list of past passengers who have sailed on at least two Variety Cruises. The drawing will take place at Variety Cruises’ office in Athens, Greece on October 16, 2017. Winners can use their certificate for any sailing for Spain & Portugal, Seychelles, Iceland, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama and Cuba 2018 sailings. 

Additionally, all passengers sailing with Variety Cruises at any time during the winter of 2018 in Cuba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica and Panama, and  West Africa (including sailings departing the last week of 2017) will be entitled to a $50 per person on board credit.  

"The best way we can mark 50 years of success in pioneering the small ship cruising is to reward our loyal guests who have traveled with us  in recent years,” said Yiannis Vontas, Senior Partner and Executive VP of Development and Marketing in a written statement. “Since we first launched Variety Cruises, our destination portfolio have expanded to include some of the more exotic parts of the world, so now guests have many more diverse itineraries to select from." 

To see all itineraries, visit varietycruises.com.

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Enterprise Extends “Plus Your Points” Promotion for Members
Available through the end of January 2018. | Enterprise

Enterprise has announced it is launching its annual “Plus Your Points” promotion a month early this year. Not only that, but the deal will run through the end of January 2018, giving members 40 more days to earn bonus points.

The “Plus Your Points” promotion enables Enterprise Plus members to earn double points on rentals and bonus points for a variety of rental-related items.

Bonus points can come from sharing news about the promotion on Twitter, opting in to receive Enterprise emails, and downloading the Enterprise mobile app. With this extended deal, members can choose how they want to earn points.

Points earned during the promotion can be redeemed at any time for free rental days in any available vehicle at thousands of participating Enterprise locations worldwide.

The free rental covers the time and mileage fees but does not include taxes or additional and optional items. The points do not expire as long as the member completes one Enterprise rental during every three-year period.

“Extending the Plus Your Points promotion this year will give our customers even more time to rack up points they can redeem for free rental days – days they can use to hit the road in pursuit of their passions,” said Lee Broughton, Vice President of Enterprise North American Brand Marketing. “It’s a thrill for us to reward our customers whenever we can, and we look forward to hearing about the journeys they will take with their bonus points.”

You can enroll in the Plus Your Points promotion, learn how to earn bonus points, and get more information on the terms and conditions at plusyourpoints.enterprise.com.

To receive all Enterprise Plus member benefits, you can use your membership number when booking a reservation online at www.enterprise.com, via the Enterprise mobile app, or over the phone.

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More Than 75 Percent Off Yangtze River Cruises With Victoria Cruises
Cruise must be booked by November 30 to receive the full discount. | Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises has announced it is extending its limited time 2-for-1 promotion to its already discounted winter departures in February 2018, giving travelers the opportunity to save over 75 percent on trips along the Yangtze River.

This offer, combined with preexisting discounts, will drop the per person rates to $235 for cruises departing between February 1 and February 18. Also included will be a $90 fee for a mandatory shore excursion package.

If you want an affordable yet luxurious trip between Chongqing and Yichang along the mysterious Yangtze River, look no further than Victoria Cruises. To receive all available discounts, the trip must be booked with Victoria by November 30.

The departures in February will be a part of Victoria’s Three Gorges Highlights program, which includes a trip to Shibaozhai, a tranquil sampan excursion along one of the Yangtze’s scenic tributaries, and an educational tour of The Three Gorges dam- the world’s largest hydro-electric dam project in the world.

Onboard experiences will add to the excitement as well with informative lectures, nightly musical and dance performances, Tai chi lessons, acupuncture, and a dining program by award-winning celebrity Chef Walter Staib.

Guests will also get to experience China’s engineering prowess up close with the introduction of the world’s largest ship elevator capable of elevating ships of up to 3,000 tons.

For an even more luxurious trip, guests can upgrade their onboard experience for just $200 with Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities program. It offers VIP access to upper deck staterooms, exclusive ship areas, “white glove” service, enhanced culinary privileges, and an exclusive happy hour with complementary Wi-Fi.

For more on Victoria Cruises, visit www.VictoriaCruises.com.

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“Secret” Shoulder Season Values Available for Fall Houseboating on Lake Mead
Forever Resorts is offering discounts starting at $500 through October 27. | Forever Resorts

With temperatures cooling but still plenty of sun guaranteed through most of October and off-season rates now in effect, right now is a good time to try houseboating at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts, the National Park Service concessioner that operates rental houseboats at Lake Mead’s Callville Bay Resort and Marina and Lake Mohave’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina. Forever Resorts is offering a “Secret Fall Special” through October 27.

Specifics of the value offers vary depending upon the size of the houseboat and the duration of the trip, but discounts start at $500 and increase from there.

The houseboats are climate controlled, and include private staterooms, spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor barbecue grills and, on the largest models, top-level hot tubs.

Able to accommodate up to 12 passengers while in motion, houseboats are popular with extended families, groups of couples or gatherings of friends. Fishing, riding personal watercraft, hiking, tubing, wakeboarding—or just relaxing on the houseboat’s top-level sundeck with a great book—all become all-day, every day possibilities when guests opt for a houseboat vacation. Each marina also offers small power boats, PWCs and water toys to enhance the experience on the water; Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave also rents kayaks and paddle boards.

Visit www.foreverhouseboats.com or call 800-255-5561 for more information.

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TravelBound Offers 2 Percent Bonus Commission to Travel Agents
The deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017. | TravelBound

In light of last year’s successful deal, TravelBound has announced that it will again offer travel agents from the U.S. and Canada a 2 percent bonus commission for bookings on hotels, sightseeing tours, and transfers, bringing back the offer made in late 2016.

This year, the deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017.

Not only that, but the company has decided to extend the potential bonus commission to bookings made anywhere that TravelBound offers its fully independent travel (FIT) products, allowing travel agents to choose from nearly 180 countries and remain eligible for the bonus.

Last year, the bonus commission was only available to travel agents that booked travel in European destinations. With this new deal, TravelBound has given more travel agents the opportunity to take advantage of the offer and book locations that they are familiar with.

“After the success of our 2% bonus commission for European bookings last year, we saw this as an opportunity to reward our valued travel partners for any destination they specialize in for a limited time,” said TravelBound President James Phillips.

This is not the only time the company has rewarded travel agents for their service. Earlier this year, TravelBound launched a new rewards program that enabled travel agents to earn Amazon gift cards if they booked travel with the company.

TravelBound’s inventory of FIT products includes over 50,000 hotels, apartments, and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, and thousands of sightseeing tours, both public and private. They offer attractions in the most popular and extravagant travel destinations, including The Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.

To learn more, visit www.booktravelbound.com.

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Azamara Launches the Double Upgrade Promotion
This promotion is in effect from now until November 30, 2017. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises recently unveiled its newest promotion: the Double Upgrade Promotion. Between now and November 30, 2017, customers who book for select itineraries can receive a complimentary upgrade from a Club Interior to a Club Veranda Stateroom, which comes with a private balcony to take in the views at sea.

The Double Upgrade promotion is valid for Azamara’s immersive itineraries that allow guests to “Cruise Global and Connect Local” through their culturally-focused shore excursions. Details of the promotion are below:

The Double Upgrade Deal

  • Offer – The Double Upgrade: The Veranda room with the inside price 
  • Guests booking a Club Interior room on select 2018 and 2019 voyages will automatically be upgraded to a Club Veranda Stateroom
  • Offer can be combined with onboard savings, reduced single supplements and the early booking bonus 
  • Booking window: Now through November 30th, 2017 

Eligible Voyages

  • 10 Night Islands of the Western MedAzamara Quest – June 2018: After starting the voyage with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica,island hop around the Mediterranean, with an overnight on the island of Malta and a sail down the canal into the city of Mahon, only accessible to smaller ships. 
  • 11 Night Cities of Northern Europe, Azamara Journey – August 2018: Take an urban voyage throughout Northern Europe,visiting cities like Aarhus, Denmark and Oslo, Norway.
  • 10 Night Circle Cuba Voyage, Azamara Journey – November 2018: Travel from one end of the island of Cuba to the other, taking in unique culture including the Afro-Cuban heritage and art deco architecture before spending a day in the Cayman Islands followed by an overnight in Cozumel, Mexico.

For more information, visit azamaraclubcruises.com.

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Club Med’s New Sun-Sational Sale Has Rates From $125
Special rates are available through October 25, 2017, for trips through May 5, 2018. | Club Med

Club Med is not quite ready to say goodbye to summertime and days at the beach, which is why they recently unveiled their new “SUNsational Sale.” The deal offers rates as low as $125 per person, per night at various resorts in Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean. Promotions and extra perks from the “all-inclusive pioneer” include:

  • Room rates starting at $125 per person, per night
  • Bonus rewards at family and beach resorts in Mexico
  • Complimentary room upgrades
  • Up to $400 air credit per person
  • No single supplement
  • Kids under 4 stay free

Now through October 25, 2017, travelers can also book their vacations for trips through May 5, 2018 and receive unlimited beverages, land and water sports, various activities, modern accommodations and Children’s Clubs for four-year-olds and up from select Club Med Resorts, which include:

Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

Located at the tip of the Riviera Maya, this resort is suitable for active families, with recently revamped accommodations like the locally inspired restaurant, Taco Arte Beach Lounge, main pool, lounge area and Jade 5 Trident luxury space. Situated alongside the world’s second largest coral reef, guests can explore Mayan culture and a variety of activities for all ages.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, U.S.A.

This riverside resort is located just two hours from Miami or Orlando. There are four pools, including an adults-only infinity Zen pool and children’s splash pool, Club Med Academies with professional coaching for tennis, golf, beach volleyball and fitness, as well as all-day healthy dining options.

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Located on the Caribbean Sea, Club Med Punta Cana provides a unique immersive experience with the new Club Med CREATCTIVE by Cirque du Soleil—an interactive playground with 25 recreational acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages, like trapeze, aerial skills, high bungee, face painting and dancing. Accompanying the resort is L’Occitane Spa, with an all new men’s barber shop. Club Med Zen Oasis is an adults-only section of the property with a private pool, bar, and suites with sea-facing views.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us.

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Avalon Waterways Rolls Out Savings for New TV Ad Campaign
The promotion takes effect September 4, 2017. | Avalon Waterways

This week, river cruise operator Avalon Waterways is cruising into American households and television sets across travel, food and home shows through their new television advertising campaign. Beyond its two new commercial spots, Avalon Waterways has also launched the “See the World Your Way” trade campaign and promotion, which provides $299 Air and savings of $2,500 per couple, for agents to encourage clients to take advantage of the offer.

“Travel agents are an integral part of our new national advertising campaign,” said Vanessa Parrish, channel marketing manager for the Globus family of brands.  “We have always provided agents with complimentary marketing tools and support.  As part of this TV campaign, we are also arming them with a Consumer Marketing Kit on the Travel Agent Portal to access our new advertising spots, flyers, social media posts, images and more to help them ignite river cruise sales for 2018. By launching a new advertising campaign, we hope to inspire more travelers to ask for – and book – river cruise vacations with their travel agent.”  

Avalon’s newest advertising campaign places a spotlight on the company’s signature open-air balconies, which blur the line between outside and indoors to form a spacious seating area for six. Avalon’s balconies do not sacrifice room space either.

At 200-square-feet, Avalon’s Panorama Suites—on two full decks of every Suite Ship—are 30 percent larger than the average stateroom. In every Panorama Suite, the guests’ beds are angled to face out so the scenery can be appreciated from the comfort of one’s bed.

“We’re for travelers who don’t follow the herd … Those who always forge their own path and have a distinct perspective of looking at the world,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “With our new advertising campaign, we’re showcasing that fact. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with expansive views and wider perspectives: A cruise where our traveler’s vision leads the way.”

For more information, visit avalonwaterways.com.

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Emerald Waterways Updates Group Value Points Program for 2018 Bookings
New bonuses take effect for group bookings before September 30, 2017 and full payments by October 31, 2017. | Emerald Waterways

Earlier this year, Emerald Waterways launched the Exceptional Group Value Program, an amenity points program that allows travel agents to select from a slew of bonuses for group bookings, including onboard amenities, marketing dollars, incremental commission, or savings on bookings. Earlier this month however, the Australian river cruise line announced an update for its program that provides even more group travel options.

Guests who book a group of five cabins or more for 2018 sailings before September 30, 2017 can choose between two promotions:

1. Fly free on all cruises of 15 days or more and $495 airfare on all cruises of 8-14 days.
2. $500 savings per person on all riverview suites and $1,000 savings per person on all balcony suites.

Besides these two promotions, groups that pay for their voyage in full by October 31, 2017 will save up to an additional $800 per couple.

With every Emerald Waterways group sailing they book, travel agents can earn Exceptional Group Value (EGV) points. The amount of points an agent receives is based on destinations and sailing dates, and can be used to customize an offer to better suit any given travel group.

For example: an agent who books a group on a Douro River cruise in Portugal in the months of July, August and November would earn four EGV points. Those points can then be exchanged for multiple amenities like an onboard cocktail party (one point) and $100 onboard credit for the group (3 points), or used to obtain a 2% bonus commission for the agent (4 points) or to get pre- or post- hotel room nights for the group (4 points). With this most recent update, Emerald Waterways has added a TC accelerator of one free with seven full paying guests for four EGV points.

These developments precede the 2018 launch of the world’s first Discovery yacht, the Scenic Eclipse, from Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, of which Emerald Waterways is part of.

For more information, visit emeraldwaterways.com.

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Aruba Marriott Resort Launches New Wellness Retreat Package
The package can be booked with the code SPA through December 19.
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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering a new "Wellness Retreat Package," in which vacationers can experience a 360-degree wellness approach that takes them on a healthy and rejuvenating intimate journey.

The Wellness Retreat Package includes Premium Ocean View accommodations, a private healthy cooking class with an executive chef, a private yoga class on the beach, a $100 credit to Mandara Spa, and a gift upon check-in. 

The package starts at $328 per night with a minimum stay of four nights or more. Book the package with the code SPA through December 19.

Travel Agent recently visited the hotel and uncovered some tips for clients looking to visit the Mandara Spa. The Massage de la Aruba is just the thing for classic relaxation, while the smoothing the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial can take years off your complexion.

If you’re looking for an only-in-Aruba experience, try the Aloe and Milk Bath Wrap. It incorporates aloe (Aruba’s top export) from Aruba Aloe, the oldest such factory in the world. The plant’s vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids work together with hydrating and smoothing milk to leave skin looking and feeling fresh. Spa Director Muriella Perrotte ([email protected]) can assist with treatment bookings, which should be made three to five days in advance.

The resort is a haven for honeymooners, young families and other sun-seekers. And like its clientele, the resort’s room options are diverse. Everyone wins when it comes to beautiful beach views, but for the best bird’s-eye vantage point, opt for deluxe rooms on the eighth-floor, the adults-only Tradewinds Club. There, a private lounge is stocked with complimentary refreshments, and Tradewinds Club guests enjoy use of an exclusive beach.

Visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auaar-aruba-marriott-resort-and-stellaris-casino/.

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A Pair of Caribbean Deals for Adventure Lovers
Both packages are valid for travel through December 22. | San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Travel Agent breaks down two deals for Caribbean-bound adventure lovers from the “Thrills, Then Chill” package at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico to Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort’s new "Reef Life" package.

Here at the details for each:

The “Thrills, Then Chill” Package

Located in the heart of Condado, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering a new “Thrills, Then Chill” package, which includes oceanfront accommodations, daily breakfast for two, a half-day tour of El Yunque rainforest for two (includes hiking and swimming in La Coca Falls and more), as well as a 30-minute back and neck massage for two at the resort’s spa to unwind after a long day of adventure.

The offer is valid for travel through December 22. A two-night minimum stay is required. Nightly rates start from $402. When booking, use promo code F10.

Visit www.marriottsanjuan.com.

The New Reef Life Package

Overlooking the bustling Charlotte Amalie Harbor in downtown St. Thomas, the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is offering a new “Reef Life” package, in which guests enjoy water-view accommodations, a $200 Adventure Center credit to use on an excursion, such as a sunset catamaran sail, a $100 spa credit at Lazule Sea Spa, and a $150 food and beverage credit.

The package starts at $399 per night and is valid for travel now through December 22. To book this package, enter promo code SO9.

Visit www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com.

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Pleasant Holidays Is Offering $250 Off Hawaii Vacations
The deal is available for bookings made by October 29, 2017 for travel through July 31, 2018. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced $250 savings on air-inclusive packages during its 2017 and 2018 Hawaii Vacation Sale. Bookings must be made by October 29 for travel through July 31, 2018 at participating hotels and resorts, and on Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) seven-day Hawaii cruises on the newly refurbished Pride of America, which sails year-round from Honolulu. The $250 savings is per booking and taken at time of reservation. Travel blackout dates apply December 21, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

The 2017 & 2018 Hawaii Vacation Sale is valid at 40 participating hotels and resorts located on Hawaii’s four most popular  islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Island of Hawaii for travelers departing from: AUS, BWI, CLE, CMH, CVG, DEN, DTW, IND, JFK, MCI, MCO, MKE, MSP, OMA, ORD, PHL, PIT, RDU and STL.

Vacation packages must include roundtrip flights from a specified airport and a minimum of five nights’ accommodation at a participating resort. The sale includes Pleasant Holidays’ exclusive resort offers at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa; The Royal Hawaiian; and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

For cruise lovers, the sale applies to departures from DEN, JFK, OAK, ORD, SFO and SJC. Cruise vacation packages must include roundtrip flights from a specified airport, seven nights’ cruise accommodation on Norwegian Hawaii sailings, and one additional component such as airport transfers or a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay. 

Norwegian offers seven-night cruises sailing roundtrip from Honolulu with departures every Saturday year-round. The itinerary features more than 80 hours of port time, including overnights in both Maui and Kauai.

For more information, including a complete list of participating hotels and resorts, or to make a booking, travel agents can visit PleasantAgent.com or call 1-800-448-3333 or the dedicated cruise desk call 1-800-818-8780. 

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Glam B-Q at The Westin Ka’anapali
The offering began September 5 and offers guests a private outdoor dinner setting at the resort’s Kai Lani Lawn. | The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

It may be winter in the U.S. mainland, but The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is still celebrating summer with its Glam-B-Q offer. The private experience blends luxury dining and traditional BBQ cookouts.  

Glam B-Q offers guests a private outdoor dinner setting at the resort’s Kai Lani Lawn. A grill cook and server will present a classic cookout with ribeye steaks, lobster tails, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and s’mores, as well as local options like island poke.

Guests can relax in a teepee-style tent, lit with string lights and furnished with blankets, pillows and low tables for casual, picnic-style dining.

The space can be reserved from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pricing for the event is $3000 for up to six guests. Additional guests, up to 14 total, are an additional $100. Beer, wine, and cocktails as well as menu customization are available for an additional price. 

The resort recommends that guests book the Glam B-Q at least one week in advance and reservations are subject to availability. 
Glam-B-Q is open to guests of The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, as well as non-guests.

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is located on 26 oceanfront acres of Maui’s North Ka’anapali Beach. There are one and two-bedroom as well as studio villas available. Each room comes with a full kitchen and washer dryers. 

There are six outdoor pools on the property including two dedicated children’s pools and one adults-only pool. Guests can snorkel, canoe, kayak, and more at the beach. Located nearby is an active reef system great for snorkeling. The reef is home to a variety of fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles. 

Visit westinkaanapali.com

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South African Airways Offers Savings on Two Packages
The "Captivating Cape Town" package is available August 11 through December 9, 2017, and is available for booking until August 13, 2017. The "Affordable South Africa" package is available September 1 through November 30, 2017 and should be booked by August 31, 2017. | South African Airways

With South African Airways, travelers can now save big on the “Captivating Cape Town” and “Affordable South Africa” packages.

The Captivating Cape Town package starts at $1,899 per person and takes travelers along the shares of the Atlantic Ocean and to the foot of Table Mountain. The city of Cape Town, the press release said, is “consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world by leading travel publications,” and allows travelers to wander through sophisticated neighborhoods and to visit restaurants and museums. This package includes a full-day Cape Peninsula tour to view the scenery of Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, located along the southwestern-most tip of Africa. There is also a half-day tour of the Cape Winelands region included, where travelers will visit some of South Africa’s award-winning wineries. 

This package is good from August 11 to December 9, 2017 and comes with round-trip international economy class airfare with the airline from New York or Washington Dulles airports to Cape Town. The itinerary lasts five nights and guests will stay at the SunSquare Cape Town Hotel, where they will receive daily breakfast. Bookings on this tour should be made by August 13, 2017.

The “Affordable South Africa” package starts at $2,999 per person and includes the same tours as the Captivating Cape Town package, though it also includes a tour of an African safari in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Travelers who book this package receive an added one-night bonus at the five-star Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge. They also receive the same round-trip airfare as the Cape Town package, and get to stay four nights at the four-star Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel in Cape Town, where breakfast is included daily. The next three nights will be spent at the Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park with all meals included. This package is available from September 1 through November 30, 2017, though bookings on this trip should be made by August 31, 2017.

Both packages have restrictions that apply.

Visit https://www.flysaavacations.com/

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Solo Travelers Save 65 Percent on 2017-18 Star Clippers Cruises
These cruises are available for solo travelers during the 2017-2018 sailing season. | Star Clippers

Solo travelers who sail with Star Clippers in the 2017-18 season can now get serious savings on select destinations.

Travelers can receive a 65 percent discount on over a dozen sailings on a brochure rate plus no single supplement fee. With these savings, rates fall as low as $1,360. 

This winter, solo travelers can explore Barbados on a round trip journey aboard the Royal Clipper with the ability to choose from three separate itineraries. These Windward & Grenadine Island itineraries offer tropical destinations including Antigua, St. Vincent, Martinique, St. Kitts and St. Lucia, among others.

The Treasure Island itinerary aboard the Star Flyer sails round trip from St. Maarten, stopping in Anguilla, St. Barts, St. Kitts and the Virgin Islands. The only sailing on this itinerary embarks during the last week of March 2018. 

Starting March 31, 2018, the Star Flyer will also set sail on a 20-night trip from St. Maarten to Lisbon, Portugal, totaling 19 days at sea. The Royal Clipper’s Mediterranean cruises with sail 28-night itineraries eastbound across the Atlantic, departing from Barbados and ending in Cannes, France. There are also additional five to 14-night voyages offered across different ports in Europe. Locations aboard these shorter trips include France, Corsica, Ibiza, Italy, Mallorca, Portugal, Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. Two of these itineraries have stops in St. Tropez and Cannes, with one offering guests a spot at the trial run at the Monaco Grand Prix.

From November 2017 to May 2018, solo travelers can also sail with Star Clipper on seven-night itineraries in Thailand and Singapore. Cruises departing from Singapore will explore Malaysia before heading to Phuket, Thailand. Travelers can sail along the opposite route from Phuket to Singapore and can also book a round trip voyage that begins and ends in Phuket.

Visit http://www.starclippers.com/

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Celebrate Chocolate Month in St. Lucia With Sweet August Discounts
This promotion runs through August 31. | St. Lucia Tourist Board

This August, chocolate lovers visiting St. Lucia will be treated to a month of deals, spa treatments and food all in the name of chocolate. 

For Chocolate Heritage Month, travelers can sample yummy “choc-tails,” get a chocolate infused massage, explore centuries old cocoa plantations and try our specialty tasting menus. Whatever the choice, visitors to St. Lucia this summer can sink their teeth into St. Lucia’s rich history of cocoa production and join us in our celebration of all things chocolate.

To join in the celebration, hotels and resorts island-wide are also offering decadent deals for couples and families with savings of up to 65 percent off standard rates.

St. Lucia’s chocolate legacy dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s and the island continues to produce some of the world’s most sought after chocolate. 

Hotels and resorts celebrate this rich heritage with inventive chocolate services and amenities, as well as agri-tourism experiences for guests. Many of St. Lucia’s top restaurants incorporate native cocoa into menu items for both sweet and savory dishes while resort spas create chocolate-infused spa treatments that are both indulgent and good for the body.

For a deeper look into the island’s chocolate heritage, plantation tours at Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate showcase the tradition of St. Lucian cocoa production. 

The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation tour leads guests through the cocoa fermentation house where visitors can participate in the traditional “cocoa- rina” dance to polish the cocoa beans while Jade Mountain’s Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate and Chocolate Laboratory offers guests a behind-the-scenes look at a bean-to-bar, single estate boutique chocolate maker. The Tree to Bar Experience at Hotel Chocolat guides visitors through the many stages of chocolate production, from seedling nursery, fermenting room and sun-drying station to grinding, mixing and tasting.
 
Visit www.stlucia.org/events/chocolate-heritage-month

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Victoria Cruises Announces Discounted Travel Opportunities
Available now until August 31, 2017. | Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises is now offering a two-for-one pricing on private balcony Superior Staterooms as well as 40 percent off Executive Suites on its four- and five-day Three Gorges Highlights itineraries.

This offer is good now until August 31, 2017 as these itineraries sail through China’s Yangtze River between Chongqing and Yichang

Reservations on these trips must feature a commissionable pre-booked excursion package to qualify for the promotional offers, ensuring maximum revenue for travel agents.

The Three Gorges Highlights itinerary costs $90 per person and features visits to Shibaozhai’s famous red pavilion, a scenic voyage along one of the Yangtze’s tributaries via traditional Chinese sampan and an educational tour of the Three Gorges Dam

Travelers on this itinerary will also be able to experience “China’s engineering might” with the introduction of the world’s largest ship elevator, which is capable of elevating ships up to 3,000 tons along with a volume of water roughly equivalent to four Olympic-sized swimming pools. This is included in the shore excursion cost in Victoria Cruises’ 2017 program based on availability. 

For those seeking to receive two-for-one rates on private balcony Superior Staterooms, the cruise line’s introductory pricing of $880 per person becomes $880 per couple. This discount also applies to the excursion package.

When passengers book Executive Suites by August 31, they can receive 40 percent off published rates which start at $1,340 per person – but with the promotion, passengers will save up to $1,272 per couple. These savings vary based on vessel selection as well. Travelers staying in these suites will automatically be enrolled in Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities program – this provides them with VIP perks such as “white glove” service, upper deck placement, access to exclusive ship areas, complimentary WiFi, exclusive happy hour and enhanced culinary privileges including wine and beer with dinner. 

Travelers booking private balcony Superior Staterooms will have the option to upgrade to the Luxury Amenities program for an additional $200 per person, which becomes $200 per couple after the two-for-one deal is applied.

While on board, passengers can enjoy informative lectures, nightly entertainment and a dining program designed by Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Walter Staib. Those staying in staterooms will also be able to take in views of the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges along with centuries-old temples and pagodas from the comfort of their private balcony.

Visit www.victoriacruises.com

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Southwest Airlines Offers "Flare" Aboard Flights Affected by Solar Eclipse
Solar eclipse to occur during specific Southwest Airlines flights on August 21, 2017. | Southwest Airlines

In light of the countdown to the August 21 solar eclipse scheduled to sweep American cities from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, Southwest Airlines is offering a special experience for travelers aboard its flights affected by this spectacle.

The airline has identified which flights will be most likely to experience maximum effects of the eclipse, giving customers on those flights “commemorative flare,” which includes special viewing glasses, cosmic cocktails and social media engagement across the atmosphere on the brand’s gate-to-gate Wi-Fi.

In a release, Southwest said that Network & Schedule Planners “modeled the operational day against projections of the umbra and penumbra," which are shadows cast by the moon’s eclipse of the sun. 

The flights with the greatest likelihood of catching a view of the August 21 eclipse will be as follows:

 

  • Southwest flight 1375, departing Seattle-Tacoma at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 1368 departing Portland at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 1577 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 301 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for Nashville
  • Southwest flight 1969 departing Denver at 9:50 a.m. MDT for Atlanta

In the release, manager of meteorology for Southwest Warren Qualley said that the airline plans to “showcase the glow of its everyday hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in [its] summer flight schedule” and that its team of meteorologists is working hard to “provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from [its] flights.”

The next solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States is not scheduled to occur again until April 8, 2024. 

Visit www.southwest.com

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Avanti Adds Bonus Commission for Off-Season Bookings
Available on bookings made through February 28, 2018. | Avanti Destinations

To help agents sell more independent travel all year long, Avanti Destinations has launched Go365, an informational and marketing campaign including specially negotiated prices on European winter itineraries and bonus travel agent commissions for off-season bookings to Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Avanti sells exclusively through travel agents.

The vast majority of American travelers visit Europe during the warmer months, said Harry Dalgaard, Avantis president and founder, in a written release. We want to help agents point out to their clients that there are many excellent reasons to see Europe in the cooler months – fewer crowds, shorter lines at museums, lower air and hotel rates, and far more cultural events.

Avantis new Go 365 e-brochure includes 27 customizable city stays and vacation packages, many designed specifically for October-March travel. A webinar on the campaign is scheduled for Thursday, July 20.

Bonus Commissions

Agents can earn an early booking bonus commission of $100 for each booking of at least $2,500 made by August 31, 2017, for travel between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. For each booking of $1,500 or more made between September 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018, for travel between October 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, the Go 365 bonus commission is $50.

Avantis six regional sales directors located around the U.S. will provide agents with a flyer describing the Go 365 campaign and the bonus commissions.

Off-Season Customizable Vacations

Some of the 27 featured off-season vacations (land-only) in the Go 365 e-brochure, which can all be customized to add more nights, activities, transfers or destinations, include:

 

London City Break – 5 days/4 nights at a 4-star hotel with Oyster Card and London Illuminations Tour. Starts at $499 per person, double occupancy.

Rome City Break – 5 days/4 nights at a 4-star Superior hotel, with private arrival and departure transfers, private city tour and one 3-course dinner. From $855.

Switzerland Winter Wonderland – 5 days/4 nights in Lucerne and Interlaken, includes horse-drawn sleigh ride, Jungfraunoch excursion, night sledding and fondue dinner. From $1,425.

Rovaniemi (Finland) Santa Claus Safari & Dog Sledding – 4 days/3 nights from $1,069.

Tromso (Norway) Northern Lights Tour & Snowmobile Safari – 4 days/3 nights from $1,289.

Costa Rica: Rainforest, Volcano & Beach – 9 days/8 nights in San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, and Guanacaste. Includes all ground transfers, canopy tour, boat tour in Tortuguero and daily breakfast.  From $1,795.

Ultimate Peru – 9 days/8 nights in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, private tour Machu Picchu, tours in Lima, Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Uros and Taquile Islands, daily breakfast. From $3,225.

(New) Thailand Escapes – 9 days, 8 nights in Bangkok at 5-star 137 Pillars Suites & Residences and in Phuket at 5-star The Slate. Includes two private tours in Bangkok, Phi Phi Islands tour, Hong by Starlight tour, daily breakfast. From $2,535.

(New) Beauty of Bali – 8 days, 7 nights in Ubud (inland) and Seminyak (beach), including private arrival & departure transfers in each city, 2 private sightseeing tours (Ubud), private Indonesian cooking class, private Uluwatu traditional dance and dinner tour, daily breakfast. From $1,999.

Visit www.avantidestinations.com

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CIE Tours Offering Bonus Commission For Agents
Offer is good through July 21, 2017. | CIE Tours

Through July 21, CIE Tours is offering travel agents a $50 bonus commission when they book any nine- or 10-day Best of Britain tour using the code: BRITIANSBEST.

The four-star vacation package starts at $2,198 through 2017. Guests who book now for 2018 receive a 5 percent discount, and rates start at $2,090 per person. 

Guests travel to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with a guide. Daily guided sightseeing, accommodations, daily full breakfast, most dinners, including specialty dinners with entertainment, WiFi on coaches, and all on –tour transportation are included. 

Highlights of the tour include Windsor Castle, Liverpool, the city popularized by The Beatles, Edinburgh Castle, Stonehenge, Tower of London, and more. For those who travel in August, guests may see the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with reserved seats.  

CIE Tours Vice President of Sales Carol Doherty said that the Best of Britain tour is a great introduction for first-time travelers to the UK as it showcases many popular locations in a short period of time.

The company is celebrating 85 years of business and offers fully inclusive guided tours of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales as well a tour of Eastern Europe and Italy. Tours are given by Irish and British based tour directors and are protected by the $550+ Advantage, which guarantees that travelers are never charged for extras that are normally considered optional by other tour companies. It offers both group travel and personalized private itineraries for smaller groups. 

For more information visit their website at cietours.com or call 1-800-243-8687. 

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United Vacations Announced as Karisma’s Preferred Partner for July
The booking deadline for this deal is July 31. | Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, a hotel collection that owns and manages properties in the CaribbeanMexico and beyond, recently announced that United Vacations has been selected as Karisma’s Preferred Partner for the month of July.  

The Karisma Preferred Partner program goal is to highlight a different tour operator from the U.S. or Canada each month, offering a variety of special activities to drive excitement and motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the "Gourmet Inclusive Experience."

Partners that are chosen to participate in the Karisma Preferred Partner program enjoy a range of benefits, including training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, and web, social media, and press exposure. 

The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental differentiators, including the signature Gourmet Inclusive Experience. Incentives can include complimentary stays and the chance to enter to win a grand prize giveaway.
 
With July’s promotion, United Vacations’ clients will receive up to $600 off per room booked and up to a $1,000 resort credit. Resort credits can be applied towards wine credit, spa massage, and a romantic candlelit dinner. For vacations booked at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, kids stay free when staying with two paying adults. 

Bookings made at Generations Riviera Maya will receive an exclusive dolphin experience and complimentary private transfers. Private transfers are also applicable to bookings at El Dorado Seaside Suites and Palafitos – Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma. These offers are available for clients when booking by July 31. Travel agents earn $30 on Agent Bonus Cash on every booking made. Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants can earn up to 21 percent commission. 

The promotion is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights – valid at all El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Resorts, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts.

Visit www.unitedvacationsagent.com and www.karismahotels.com

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CroisiEurope Lets Children Under 16 Cruise for Free This Summer
July 1 to August 27, 2017. | CroisiEurope $1,421 to $2,523

Children under the age of 16 can take a river cruise free of charge this summer thanks to CroisiEurope

This deal comes in conjunction with the cruise company’s latest Family Club deal and grants families a second cabin so that they can stay onboard together throughout their stay. The Family Club deal also offers families the standard offering of all meals, unlimited beverages and excursions on all programs. 

Children also have the opportunity to participate in supervised water games, activities and perform in the cruise’s closing entertainment show. 

During the summer 2017 travel season, children under age 16 can travel free on cruises sailing to some of CroisiEurope’s most popular destinations including the Douro Valley in Portugal and Salamanca, Spain; Andalusia; and Venice and its lagoon. CroisiEurope cruises sailing to Croatia and Montenegro allow families to save 30 percent on children 16 years of age and younger. 

CroisiEurope’s trip to Croatia and Montenegro lasts eight days, includes departures on July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 10, 2017 and has prices starting from $2,523 per person. The six-day cruise to the Douro Valley and Salamanca departs on July 27, August 1, 6 and 11, 2017 and starts from $1,421 per person. Cruise ships venturing to Andalusia for CroisiEurope’s Traditions, Gastronomy and Flamenco cruise lasts eight days and includes departures on July 9 and 16 as well as August 1, 9 and 17, 2017 and starts from $1,805. The Venice cruise starts from $1,429, departs on July 1, 6, 25 and 30 as well as August 8, 13 and 27, 2017 and brings travelers to the Doge’s Palace as well as Venice’s lagoon islands of Burano, Murano, Padua, Ferrara and Verona. 

For more information on CroisiEurope, visit croisieuroperivercruises.com or call 800-768-7232.
 

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"Sip and Sail" Offer From Princess Cruises
Available for cruises sailing summer 2018 and 2019. | Princess Cruises

Guests can drink for free thanks to The Sip and Sail package from Princess Cruises. All cruises and cruise tours sailing summer 2018 and 2019 are included in the deal. 

The promotion offers all-inclusive beverages for two people when guests book a balcony, mini-suite, or suite stateroom. Additionally, guests will receive reduced fares and free Unlimited Soda & More Packages for third and fourth guests.

The All-Inclusive Beverage Package includes any individual beverage item such as soda, juice, and bottled water as well as alcoholic cocktails, spirits, wines and beers up to $10 retail value. Guests also receive discounts on bottles of wine purchased in the bars, dining room or in stateroom.

For those who book a mini-suite or suite before July 5, 2017, a bonus offer of free specialty dining is included. 

Guests can also book and receive these offers with a special reduced deposit of $100 per person for first through fourth guests in a stateroom.

Included in the deal are some of Princess Cruises’ new 2018-2019 Exotics Program itinerary listings. 

Princess Cruises offers more than 150 different itineraries on six continents. Cruises range from three to 111 days. Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation and is one of the largest cruise lines in the world. 

The company has been awarded Best in Travel by "Money Magazine," Best Ocean Cruise Line, three-years running by "USA Today," and Best Cruise Line for Food Lovers by "Food and Wine Magazine."

For more information check out Princess Cruises’ website at www.princess.com.

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Bahia Principe Offers Family Friendly Vacation Deals
Available for stays through October 31, 2017. | Bahia Principe

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, an all-inclusive hotel company with properties in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica, has a “Kids Stay Free” program available for stays through October 31, 2017.

The offer includes the new five-star Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection and Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, where the first child stays free; and Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, where up to two kids stay free. 

Family suites in select hotels offer welcome packages including children’s bath kits and bathrobes. Kid friendly amenities include minibar milkshakes and soft drinks, children’s mini-clubs, and spa treatments for kids.

The Bahia Scouts program offers kids the chance to explore the Riviera Maya’s environment and learn about its local plants and animals. Scouts are supervised and broken up by their age group. Other activities the Scouts program offers includes piñata making, karaoke, fruit carving, tree planting, eco-tours and more. For the sporty kid, water polo, soccer, and mini-Olympics games are offered.

Bahia Principe also recently opened a new waterpark at the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica. The newly opened Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection in Punta Cana has a pool with a fairy tale castle, complete with its own moat and drawbridge.

Other family-friendly features at Fantasia include a Kids Club with costume workshops, arts and crafts, cooking classes, expeditions, and a waterpark. The Fantasia Teens Club for guests 12 to 17 is equipped with a gym, movie theater, DJ dance floor, video consoles, pool table, and spa.

When parents are looking for some time alone, babysitting services are available. 

For more information, visit www.bahiaprincipe.com

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Azamara Club Cruises Launches "Nights on Us" Promotion
Booking window: 6/1/17 – 8/31/17 | Azamara Club Cruises

Launched on June 1, 2017, Azamara Club Cruises' newest offer - the Nights On Us promotion - provides travelers complimentary nights for voyages in 2018; the longer an itinerary, the more complimentary nights travelers receive.

Nights On Us Promotion Details:

  • Booking window: June 1, 2017 – August 31, 2017
  • Nine nights or less = two complimentary nights on Azamara
  • 10 nights to 14 nights = three complimentary nights on Azamara
  • 15 nights or longer = four complimentary nights on Azamara

As an added bonus, travelers who book 12+ months out will receive even more savings by combining with Azamara’s Early Booking Bonus. The Early booking Bonus grants guests up to $1,000 per suite and $500 per stateroom in on board credit. Guests can also take advantage of the Club Spa Suite Special, which offers guests a $200 spa credit when they book the Club Spa Suite

Offer applies to new, individual bookings and non-contracted group bookings named and fully deposited during the offer period. Offer is combinable with reduced single supplement rates, back to back savings, onboard booking savings, Le Club Voyage quarterly savings. Offer is not combinable with Interline, Travel Agent, Net Rates, Employee or other Deep Discount rates.. 

Azamara Club Cruises offer inclusive amenities including: complimentary AzAmazing Evenings, select standard spirits, international beers and wines; gratuities; bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas; self-service laundry; shuttle service to and from port communities and concierge services for personal guidance and reservations. 

Azamara's two ships, Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, each have a capacity of 690 guests and sail to smaller ports often untouched by larger cruise ships. 

Visit www.azamaraclubcruises.com

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Oceania Cruises Offers Flight Upgrade to OLife Choice Guests
Bookings must be made by June 30, 2017
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Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises has announced a flight upgrade special as part of its signature OLife Choice package. For as little as $149 extra, guests can secure premium economy seats for over 100 European sailings in 2018. 

When booking a cruise, guests can choose to strictly pay the price for the sailing, or they can purchase the OLife Choice package, which includes free unlimited internet, airfare (where applicable), bonus savings and the choice of the following: free shore excursions, free house beverage package, or shipboard credit. 

The flight upgrade promotion is offered to guests in all stateroom categories and carriers include (but are not limited to) British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Scandanavian Airlines, Air Canada, and Icelandair. Pending the airline, travelers can take advantage of priority boarding, extra luggage allowance, spacious seats with abundant legroom, full meal and bar service, and personal entertainment systems. 

Capacity is limited and the promotion is capacity controlled. To reserve the special, bookings must be made by June 30, and capacity is limited. Additionally, the carrier and routing are at the discretion of Oceania Cruises.

OLifeChoice amenities are per stateroom,based on double occupancy and subject to change. Free Internet is one per stateroom; Owner’s, Vista & Oceania Suites receive access for two devices per suite. OLife Choice free shore excursions vary by voyage and exclude Oceania Choice, Oceania Exclusive, Executive Collection, Food & Wine Trails, Wellness and Culinary Discovery Tours. Voyages up to nine  days receive four free shore excursions;10-13 days receive six free shore excursions; 14+ days receive eight free shore excursions. If shore excursion amenity is selected, all excursions must be chosen at least 14 days prior to sailing. 

Visit www.oceaniacruises.com

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Waikiki Beach Hotel Celebrates Anniversary With 20 Percent Discount
Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach's anniversary rate is valid now through December 22. Find out more. | Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach will soon reach its first full year in Waikiki. In celebration, the hotel is offering a limited-time 20 percent off rate on their modern one- and two-bedroom suites.

After undergoing an extensive $115 million redevelopment in June 2016, the property reopened as Oahu’s first Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) and the largest HGI in the world at 623 guest rooms. 

Guests will be able to experience high wooden ceilings, bordered by gallery-lit Hawaiian kapa prints on reclaimed wood and a color palette that pays homage to the beauty of the islands through natural materials, finishes and textures.

“Within our first year, we’ve had a tremendous positive response from travelers all over the world,” said John Taffin, general manager of Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach, in a written release. “This is in no small part due to the wonderful staff here at the hotel. Our original leadership team who opened the property is still here and has been dedicated to improving the guest experience since day one.”

With its modern living room-style lobby, thoughtful amenities and no resort fee, Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach puts guests just two blocks from the beach and in the heart of Waikiki among the best shopping and dining the island has to offer. 

In addition, the Waikiki property features 529 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour business center with a boarding pass printing station, computer, printer and copier. An on-site Activities Concierge Desk is also available to assist with local dining and entertainment options.

The hotel’s anniversary rate is valid now through December 22 and can be booked at www.hgiwaikikibeach.com. Enter promotional code “HAWAII” for this special anniversary rate.

Visit www.hgiwaikikibeach.com

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Pleasant Holidays Announces Year-Round Discounts at Four Hawaiian Hotels
Pleasant Holidays' hotel packages are available all year. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays recently introduced new summer discount packages at four Hawaiian hotels.

Available all year, these packages include exclusive hotel rates and added values that can save hundreds of dollars, including daily breakfast and 15 percent savings on resort spa treatments. 

These packages are a solid option for a quick weekend getaway or a leisurely island vacation of a week or more, and feature four resort options, including the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Maui. Also included are the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, both located on Oahu.

Travelers can book the activity in advance or by visiting a Pleasant Activities Vacation Center. Fees and surcharges are excluded and must be paid for both tours; limited to one complimentary activity per booking.

Visit www.pleasantholidays.com

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African Travel, Inc. Offers Bonus Commission on 2017 Safaris
Booking window May 25-November 30, 2017 | African Travel, Inc.

With peak travel season to Africa upon us, African Travel, Inc., is offering travel agents an additional $100 bonus commission on any 2017 safari of five nights or more. Whether it's partaking in a game drive in the African savanna, immersing in the local culture or embarking on an adventure, African Travel Inc. has a variety of activities for every kind of traveler. 

For over 40 years, African Travel, Inc. has been dedicated solely to planning and operating African safaris. The company's long term relationships with local safari lodges, hotels and transportation companies allows them to secure space and continually deliver travelers both value and service, the company said. 

Available safaris include: 

  • Botswana Winged Safari Vacation: 10 days from $8,665 per person
  • Under Kenyan Skies: Eight days from $7,595 per person
  • Venture into Southern Africa: 11 days from $8,495 per person
  • World's Greatest Show & Safari - Serengeti: 12 days from $10,445 per person
  • Marine and Wildlife Encounter: 10 days from $5,545 per person
  • Southern Explorer: 10 days from $4,295
  • The Connoisseur's Collection 2017 Luxury: 14 days from $19,995 per person
  • Tantalizing Tanzania Luxury: Nine days from $13,095 per person
  • The Last Refuge Luxury: Nine days from $12,265 per person
  • Southern Africa Hinterland Deluxe: 13 days from $11,695 per person
  • UNESCO's Tanzania: 10 days from $9,095 per person
  • African Sampler: 11 days from $8,795 per person
  • Venture into Southern Africa: 11 days from $8,495 per person

All prices are in US Dollars per person based on double occupancy accommodations unless otherwise stated. A 50 percent deposit is due at the time of booking to confirm Air Inclusive packages.

To see the full list of available safaris, visit www.africantravelin.com/safaris

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Uniworld Extends "You Deserve The Best Upgrade" Promotion
Book by June 30, 2017 | Uniworld

Originally launched for a limited time in March, Uniworld has announced an extension of its "You Deserve the Best Upgrade" - a promotion that offers accommodation upgrades and air incentive travel on select 2017 itineraries in Europe, Egypt, India and Vietnam

Guests who book select voyages by June 30, 2017, will receive a complimentary stateroom upgrade. Those who purchase business class flights from Uniworld with their trip will also receive a $1,000 credit per person on the cruise fare. 

Among the select European itineraries compatible with this promotion are the Splendors of Italy and the Gems of Northern Italy itineraries. Splendors of Italy is a 15-day journey from Milan to Rome. The 10-day Gems of Northern Italy itinerary begins in Milan, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and ends in Venice.

Additional departures include the Rhine Main Discovery & Munich Itinerary and the Paris & Normandy itinerary. Rhine Main Discovery is a ten-day trip from Munich to Cologne and the eight-day Paris & Normandy itinerary cruises from Paris through Normandy’s countryside aboard Uniworld’s newest ship, the S.S. Joie de Vivre.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection features offers a fleet of ships with an average capacity of 130 guests. The cruise line offers exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. 

Visit www.uniworld.com

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South African Airways Offers Savings for Kenya Packages
Available for departures beginning November 1, 2017 through December 9, 2017 | South African Airways Starting at $3,750

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations) is offering an eight-day discover Kilimanjaro and the Masai Mara air-inclusive vacation package starting at $3,750* per person (restrictions apply). The package is available for departures beginning November 1, 2017, through December 9, 2017, with roundtrip Economy Class air transportation from New York – JFK International Airport to Nairobi, Kenya on South African Airways, hotel accommodations, safari game drives and sightseeing activities. 

In a written release,  SAA Vacations president Terry Von Guilleaume said, "this special offer introduces Kenya to those travelers who wish to experience diverse wildlife in Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Masai Mara."

The "Discover Kilimanjaro and Masai Mara" includes:

  • Round-trip international economy airfare
  • One night accommodation in Nairobi at the Jacaranda Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Two nights' accommodations in the Masai Mara at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
  • Two nights' accommodations at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
  • Scenic boat excursion on Lake Naivasha
  • Two nights' accommodations in Amboseli National Park at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge
  • Most meals (seven breakfasts, six lunches and six dinners)
  • Ground transfers, English speaking guides and meet & greet services
  • All safari game drives, park fees & activities. 

Travelers must book by June 09, 2017. 

South African Airways Vacations uses South African Airways' route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands

For additional information on the Discover Kilimanjaro and Masai Mara package visit: www.flysaavacations.com

Photo by ChrisMajors/iStock/GettyImagesPlus/GettyImages

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces Book Now Bonus Offer
Valid for bookings made from April 1 through May 31, 2017 | Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a limited-time Book Now Bonus Offer. With the offer, guests can receive a $500 shipboard credit per new suite booking to apply toward select Alaska adventures while sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Additionally, Seven Seas Mariner will sail Alaskan waters from late May through August 2017 and offer guests an expansive catalog of free and unlimited shore excursions. 

For example, the July 5, 2017, will cruise up to Hubbard Glacier's 325-foot-face so guests can potentially witness iceberg calvings. Guests can also try their hand at panning for gold when calling on Skagway; hike at Tongass National Forest, cruise George Inlet; and spot humpback whales aboard a catamaran at Juneau

Guests can apply their $500 shipboard credit toward Regent Choice options, a curated collection of immersive experience. Due to their uniqueness and individual or small-group basis, Regent Choice experience carry an additional charge. With the shipboard credit, guests can choose from a selection of Regent Choice offerings to secure a spot on an Alaskan adventure. 

On the same July 5, 2017 voyage aboard Seven Seas Mariner, guests can utilize their shipboard credits on a three-hour, six-guest salmon sport-fishing excursion from Sitka, where they have additional option to process and ship their catch home. From Skagway, guests can choose a rafting ride through the Valley of the Eagles to catch sight of raptors diving for fish among towering mountains, hanging glaciers and forestry.

The Book Now Bonus offer is valid for bookings made from April 1 through May 31, 2017 on all 2017 Alaska voyages. U.S. and Canadian travel agents also will receive up to a US $200 gift card for each new booking they make for their clients in these regions. Guests must register the code “Book Now” at the time of reservation in order to receive the offer, and travel agents must register for the gift card at www.RSSC.com/booknow by June 14, 2017. Furthermore, the Book Now Bonus offer is combinable with the doubled Ambassador Offer for 25th Anniversary voyages, public National Account promotions, and Seven Seas Society savings of up to $700 per suite for returning guests.

Visit www.rssc.com

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Tauck Waives Single Supplement on Select Cruises
N/A | Tauck

As Tauck begins its 2017 season in the coming weeks, the company will be welcoming solo travelers with special savings, including waiving the single supplement on its category one European riverboat cabins. The waived supplement applies to every category one cabin on every Tauck riverboat, on every departure of every Tauck river cruise itinerary. In all, the single supplement is being waived on over 230 Tauck river cruise departures for the coming year. In addition, Tauck is reducing the single supplement by up to $1,000 on 187 departures of 64 itineraries to five continents.

In addition to waiving the single supplement, Tauck is also taking $1,000 off the price for solo travelers booking category four and five cabins on 47 departures of 16 different river cruises. Elsewhere in Europe, Tauck has also reduced the single supplement by up to $400 on 66 departures of 21 different land tours.

The company has also taken up to $300 off the single supplement on 50 departures of 19 itineraries in North America. Within its exotics portfolio, Tauck has cut the single supplement from $600 to $300 on 24 departures in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

Tauck offers river cruises with a fleet of nine riverboats on the Danube, Rhine, France, Rhone and Seine rivers. Each boat carries no more than 130 passengers in suites and cabins - including the 300-square-foot Tauck Suites. Guests can also choose from a selection of themed river cruises including experiential and culturally immersive experiences in France, Germany, Austria, Budapest, and Prague

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Princess Cruises Offers Reduced Fares During Red, White & Blue Sale
Through 11:59 PM PDT on July 5, 2017 | Princess Cruises From $749 PP

Princess Cruises' Red, White & Blue Sale offers cruise savings on six- to 60-day cruise vacations departing from North America to destinations worldwide including the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Canada & New England, Australia & New Zealand, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, South America and World Cruises. Cruise fares to these destinations are offered from $749 per person from fall 2017 through Spring 2018. 

In addition to lowered cruise fares, guests can reserve their booking with a reduced deposit of $100 per person. Guests also have the opportunity to take advantage of an introductory offer on Ocean Medallion cruises to the Caribbean, with balcony upgrades starting from $99 on select seven-day Caribbean cruises. 

Ocean Medallion is a first-of-its-kind wearable device that enables a personal concierge by bridging the physical and digital worlds to deliver a new level of personalized service - including food and beverage on demand, an array of interactive gaming and more. The quarter-sized, 1.8-ounce disc can be accessorized with jewelry, clips, and key chains or carried in a pocket or pocketbook. 

Examples of Red, White & Blue Sale Cruise deals include: 

  • Caribbean cruise — Seven days: Interior - $799 per person; Balcony - $898 per person
  • Mexico cruise — Seven days: Interior - $749 per person; Balcony - $949 per person
  • Panama Canal cruise— 10 days: Interior - $999 per person; Balcony - $1,799 per person
  • Canada & New England cruise — Seven days: Interior - $999 per person; Balcony - $1,399 per person
  • Hawaii cruise — 15 days: Interior - $1,599 per person; Balcony - $2,699 per person
  • Australia & New Zealand cruise — 12 days: Interior - $1,299 per person; Balcony - $2,299 per person

Guests can also bring the whole family along with reduced third and fourth guest cruise fares. Additional details on the Red, White & Blue Sale can be found at www.princess.com/cruisedeals

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Royal Caribbean Celebrates Moms With Month-Long Offer
May 1-May 31, 2017 | Royal Caribbean

Throughout the month of May, Royal Caribbean is showing its appreciation for mothers with the 'Maycation' offer - taking 30 percent off every guest and giving families the chance to travel together. A family can board Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas for a seven-night western Caribbean itinerary departing Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 10, 2017, making ports of call to Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Basseterre, St. Kitts, with rates starting as low as $885 per person. 

Offer is only valid for travel on or after June 1, 2017 and must be booked between May 1 and May 31, 2017. The offer excludes all China departures and prices may vary depending on timing/availability. Travelers can book by logging into www.RoyalCaribbean.com, calling 1-800-Royal-Caribbean or contacting a travel agent. 

Coming 2018, Royal Caribbean will debut the newest member of its fleet: Symphony of the Seas.The ship will sail for the first time from Barcelona, Spain, in April 2018, offering summer itineraries in the Mediterranean. Starting April 21, the ship will sail seven-night itineraries from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples/Capri, Italy. Highlights will include visits to Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia Cathedral and tours of the museums of Florence. Roundtrip sailings from Rome will also be available.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships is notable for their high passenger count and distinct seven-neighborhood design. The last Oasis class ship, Harmony of the Seas, was the largest cruise ship in the world when it made its debut last May. 

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Avalon Waterways Waives Single Supplement for Select Departures
Bookings must be made before June 6, 2017 for travel in 2018. Does not apply to pre-existing bookings. | Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is celebrating solo travelers by waiving the single supplement on every Europe departure and select departures on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers in Southeast Asia. The offer is available for all new bookings made before June 6, 2017, though there is a limited number of staterooms available for this promotion per departure. The promotion applies to E, D, B, A & P cabin categories. Offer is reliant on space and availability and is not compatible with other offerings except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and any applicable air credits.

As a loyal traveler with the Globus family of brands, Journeys Club Repeat Travelers receive a 5 percent discount on vacations, whether they are traveling on Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways. Members can simply enter their individual membership number at the time of booking to receive the discount. Each individual must enroll separately and have a unique membership number to redeem the discount. If your client has traveled with the Globus family of brands in the past and would like to enroll, click here

Other current offerings include: 

Save 40 percent on select 2017 Avalon Waterways France river cruises

  • Book a select 2017 Avalon Waterways France river cruises (WPP, WPL, WLP, WJL, WLJ) to receive 40 percent off per person on the Land/Cruise or Cruise only price including cabin upgrades

Save $2,000 to Europe in 2017

  • Book a select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $1,000 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Offer available on select dates in 2017 and on select cruises ONLY

Save $500 per couple on select air-inclusive 2017 Europe river cruises

  • Book a select 2017 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $250 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price.

Visit www.avalonwaterways.com

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Norwegian Announces Offers As Part of Free at Sea Promotion
Through June 5, 2017 | Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line announced their Free at Sea promotion, which provides cruisers with up to five free onboard amenity offers, now through June 5. Norwegian is also filing an extension on its popular Tax-Free Spree offer; now through May 8, guests can enjoy complimentary government taxes, fees and port expenses on balcony staterooms, mini-suites and suites on select itineraries, providing up to $3,000 in added-value amenities to their cruise when combined with Free at Sea. Additionally, travelers who book a new cruise in select categories now through May 8 can enjoy 50 percent reduced deposits. 

Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or mini-suite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar, free specialty dining, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows third and fourth guests to sail for free  on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests seeking the ultimate in luxury at sea are invited to book a sailing in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian and enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruise.

Those looking to explore Hawaii can sail aboard the recently renovated Pride of America with its own exclusive Free at Sea offer. Guests who book a new seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through June 5 aboard Pride of America have the freedom to select one of five offers, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay, with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates.Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers. 

Additional promotions include:

  • Holiday Bonus Bundle - Now through June 5, guests receive a $100 onboard credit for select holiday sailings over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays
  • Norwegian's Havana Nights - Now through June 5, Norwegian Sky is offering $50 in free onboard spending money for guests who book a new cruise to Cuba on select sail dates. 

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Buy Five, Stay Seven at Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa
Through June 15, 2017 | Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa

Now through June 15, Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Little Corn Island, on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, is offering a luxury week-long package for the price of five nights.  The “Buy Five, Stay Seven” package is designed for relaxation, romance, and escape on the car-free island and is priced starting at $1250 USD (inclusive of all taxes), based on double or single occupancy. 

The 'Buy Five, Stay Seven' package includes accommodations in an ocean-view room, a bottle of wine and a 20 percent discount on all spa services. The special package cannot be combined with any other promotion and is based on availability.

As a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa boasts 16 oceanfront cabins - each with a deck overlooking the sea, air conditioning, stone showers, and complementary WiFi. The onsite spa offers treatments such as clay therapies, chocolate and honey masks and banana sea salt scrubs. Guests are invited to practice yoga at the resort's yoga pavilion and attend one of the daily hand-crafted chocolate-making classes. Yemaya is set on a strech of white sand beach and there are no cars allowed on the island; transportation to the resort is by boat. 

Other current offerings include:

  • Pay three, stay four
    • Double occupancy per night
    • Taxes included
    • Extra person is $75 USD per night, including taxes
    • Starting at $840 USD including taxes based on double occupancy
  • Viva Nicaragua 
    • For Nicaraguans, Nicaragua's residents
    • $250 USD per night. Taxes & breakfast included
    • Need to prove nationality or residency for package benefits
    • Active rate all year round except for Easter week and Christmas/New Years
    • Two night stay minimum

Visit www.yemayalittlecorn.com

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Mountain Lodges of Peru Launches Deal, Value Adds for Machu Picchu Trek
For bookings made through May 31, 2017 | Mountain Lodges of Peru

The Festival of the Sun - one of Peru's largest festivals - marks the beginning of a new year and is held annually during the winter solstice. In celebration of the festival, Mountain Lodges of Peru has announced an exclusive offer for travelers on The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, , as well as a an added selection of activities along the trek. 

Travelers who book The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu for select dates around the celebration can take advantage of 15 percent off the top price (per person, based on double occupancy). Plus, these activities have been added to the trek: 

  • Pachamama ceremony at Lake Humantay
  • Inka Cosmovision workshop
  • Coca leaves lecture
  • Superfood/organic meals workshop

The seven-day itinerary highlights include hiking Lake Humantay, crossing the Salkantay Pass, zip-lining, hiking the Santa Teresa River Valley, exploring the Llactapata Pass, and ultimately visiting Machu Picchu. Each day’s trek ends with accommodations in a lodge, complemented by a massage or a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi, followed by a gourmet meal with select wines.

Guests can choose to spend an extra day in Machu Picchu for $395 per person. The option includes one additional night at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel with dinner on day seven, breakfast and lunch on day eight, bus tickets to/from the site, entrance tickets to the sanctuary, and transfer back to Cusco from Ollantaytambo

The Salkantay Trek savings offer is applicable on the following dates in June:

  • Friday, June 9, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017
  • Friday, June 23, 2017

Visit www.mountainlodgesofperu.com

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Offers Special Pricing for Couples
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea recently announced the return of Couples Season 2017, set for September through November.
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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea recently announced the return of Couples Season 2017, set for September through November. 

This year, the luxury resort is offering guests who book now a Double Experience More package.  

Guests who take advantage of the limited time offer will enjoy a resort credit of up to $100 for rooms and $400 for suites.

Regional Vice President and General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel said the resort welcomes honeymooners, babymooners and couples celebrating anniversaries year-round, but romance is truly in the air from September through November. The kids are back in school leaving the resort primarily occupied by adults, and couples can enjoy not only the best possible rate package but special activities and extras across the resort, many of them complimentary just for the season. The Resort’s concierge team will create an itinerary for a honeymoon, babymoon, anniversary, or couples retreat. 

Guests can watch the sunrise above the clouds high atop Mt. Haleakala, take a dip in a refreshing waterfall along the Road to Hana, or simply enjoy a sunset with a Four Seasons catered picnic and bottle of champagne. 

The newly renovated resort includes three restaurants. Also, romantics might be interested in the Oceanside Couples Massage followed by dinner under a canopy of stars at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante.

In addition to poolside cabanas and private oceanfront sanctuaries serviced by dedicated attendants, snorkeling gear, outrigger canoeing and an array of fitness classes and cultural activities, Couples Season’s complimentary activities include stand up paddleboarding (SUP) yoga, cocktail classes, cooking demonstrations and other surprises.

Visit www.fourseasons.com

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Wendy Wu Tours Waives Single Supplements on Select Tours
Available for travel booked from now through December 31, 2018 | Wendy Wu Tours

Wendy Wu Tours is waiving single supplement fees on select Classic and Discovery Escorted Tours that are booked directly with the company for travel anytime from now through December 31, 2018. This offer applies to both air-inclusive and land-only tours to China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Private tours and Wendy Wu Tours' Premium Collection are not included. 

Wendy Wu Tours include international airfare in addition to accommodations, all sightseeing and attraction entrance fees, in-destination transportation, either all or most meals and all visa-handling fees. For those travelers who would rather book their own international air, Wendy Wu Tours provides land-only pricing. For solo travelers who prefer to book their tours using a check or direct deposit, Wendy Wu Tours is offering an additional $50 discount for travel booked from now through December 31, 2018. 

Other current offerings include: 

  • $3,000 Sweepstakes: Win $3,000 towards a 2017 Wendy Wu Tour for two people. Enter here
  • $299 Per Person Air fare Upgrade: Through April 30, 2017, upgrade airfare on Air China to Premium Economy for $299 PP round-trip or $149 one-way. 
  • $300 Air Credit Per Person: Through April 30, 2017, book select group or private tours to China, Japan, Myanmar, Southeast Asia and Thailand and receive a $300 air credit. 

Wendy Wu Tours is a leading, award-winning Asia specialist tour operator with offices in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.  The company offers tours throughout China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Japan, India and Sri Lanka. Wendy Wu Tours is an active member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). The company is the recipient of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award and The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Choice Awards.

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Star Clippers Offers Savings on Grand Voyage Itineraries
Available for select itineraries through November 2017 | Star Clippers

Star Clippers' Grand Voyages - sailing 12- to 18-night itineraries onboard the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer - are offering exclusive savings for guests who book now. Guests who book now will receive two-for-one airfare savings, up to 65 percent off the brochure rate of cruise fare and complimentary prepaid gratuities. 

Back-to-back itineraries can be combined to form an adventure of four to six weeks. Book a 12-to 18-night Mediterranean vacation today on Royal Clipper or Star Flyer and choose from dates in April through November 2017 with prices - including airfare and prepaid gratuities - starting at $3,310 per person. 

Royal Clipper sails with 226 passengers and a 106-person crew, while Star Flyer and Star Clipper sail with 170 passengers and a crew of 74 each.

Other current Star Clipper's offerings include: 

  • Wave Season Offer 2017: free two category cabin upgrade, pre-paid gratuities, $100 onboard credit per cabin
  • BOGO Sale: Buy one get one free from $659 per person on select itineraries:
    • April 29-May 6, 2017: Explore ThailandSingapore & Malaysia from Phuket to Singapore, starting at $659 per person on the Star Clipper.
    • June 3-June 10, 2017: Sail the Eastern Mediterranean from Athens to Istanbul, starting at $819 per person on the Star Flyer.
    • September 2-September 9, 2017: Tour islands along the west bound Indonesian route round-trip from Bali, starting at $679 per person on the Star Clipper.

Star Clippers operates three of the world's largest and tallest sailing vessels. The ships visit ports often untouched by larger cruise ships and offer passengers the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht. 

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Norwegian Offers Free at Sea Promotion
Through May 1, 2017 | Norwegian

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the line's Free at Sea promotion, going on now through May 1, that provides cruise travelers with up to five free onboard amenity offers. Additionally, Norwegian will celebrate Tax Day this year with a Tax-Free Spree, offering complimentary government taxes, fees and port expenses on select itineraries. For guests who book a new cruise vacation in select categories through April 18, Norwegian is offering further spring savings with 50 percent reduced deposits. 

The Free at Sea promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar, free Specialty Dining, $50 towards short excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi, or Norwegian's Friends and Family Sail Free offer that allows third and fourth guests to sail free on many 2017 and 2018 cruises.

Guests who book inside staterooms as well as Norwegian's studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Those who book a suite or The Haven by Norwegian can enjoy all five free amenities, providing up to $2,800 in added value to their cruises. 

Other Offers: 

  • Sail aboard the Pride of America from Honolulu 
    • Guests who book a seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruise now through May 1 (in any stateroom category) have the option to select one of five offers, including a free-one night pre-cruise hotel stay, a free specialty dining backage, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free 50% per port shore excursion credit per stateroom or Norwegian's Friends & Family Sail Free 
    • Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will receive all five offers
  • Norwegian's Havan Nights Offer
    • Guests who book a new cruise to Cuba through May 1 (on select sail dates in 2017) can take advantage of $50 in onboard spending money
    • Through April 18, guests who book a new cruise can also enjoy 50 percent reduced deposits

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Seabourn Launches Extraordinary Opportunity Event
Available for booking through June 13, 2017 | Seabourn

Seabourn has announced its Extraordinary Opportunity Event, offering savings and value-added enticements on select cruises from June 2017 to May 2018. The Extraordinary Opportunity Event offers benefits on select voyages. Added values and benefits vary on select voyages, which include:

  • Complimentary Three Veranda Suite category upgrade
  • Complimentary Veranda for Ocean View category upgrade
  • Premium suite shipboard credit of $1,000 per suite ($500 per person)
  • Shipboard credit offer of $400 per suite ($200 per person)
  • Air credit per person for round-trip flights booked through Seabourn’s Flight Ease program

*Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions may apply.

Seabourn’s Extraordinary Opportunity Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Atlantic Crossings, Arabia and India, Asia, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America and more.

Seabourn’s ships offer no more than 300 spacious suites, open bars throughout the ship, and access to small-ship ports. Travelers looking for outdoor adventures can take advantage of the Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge excursion program on many itineraries, including Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia.

Seabourn is a member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. The alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, and P&O Cruises Australia. Seabourn has also formed a partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help protect World Heritage Sites.

Visit www.seabourn.com

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Delfin Amazon Cruises Introduces Inaugural Offer
Through May 30, 2017 | Delfin Amazon Cruises

Delfin Amazon Cruises has announced a special Delfin III Inaugural Offer in conjunction with the line's newest fleet addition, Delfin III. The Defin III Inaugural Offer provides 20 percent off all four room categories for select 2017 departures and includes accommodations for three or four night cruises, meals and beverages on board, excursions and equipment, entrance to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, and transfers to/from Iquitos

Launched in January 2017 with a capacity of 42 guests, the new Delfin III boasts an air-conditioned lounge, canopied outdoor lounge, dining room, open-air sun deck with a plunge pool, and a gym and spa offering a selection of wellness treatments. 

Travelers who book by May 30, 2017, can take advantage of starting rates at $1,920 USD per person, based on double occupancy for a three-night stay in a suite (20 percent discount). Solo travelers can also enjoy special rates with single supplement fees waived from the adult rate. Eligible departure dates include June 21, July 22, July 29, August 19, August 30, September 20, September 30, November 22, November 25, December 16, December 20, December 23 and December 30, 2017. For travel booked by May 30, 2017, Delfin is also offering an early bird special for bookings towards January through April 2018 departures. 

Delfin Amazon Cruises is comprised of a three-ship fleet: the Delfin I, Delfin II and now Delfin III. Each ship offers all-suite accommodations - some suites equipped with private balcony plunge pools. The ships set sail from two different ports of embarkation: one in the city of Nauta and the other in Iquitos

Visit www.delfinamazoncruises.com

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South African Airways Vacations Launches Package for Summer Travel
For departures between April 1 and August 31, 2017 | South African Airways

South African Airways Vacations has introduced a new 'Family, Culture and Safari' package, designed for families to immerse themselves in the heritage and culture of South Africa. 

The Family, Culture Safari  package is offered from $4,799 (restrictions apply) per person for adults and $2,299 (restrictions apply) per person for children under 12 years of age. A special savings of $100 per person is also being offered by SAA Vacations for packages purchased by May 15, 2017. The package includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation on South African Airways
  • Three-nights’ accommodations at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg with daily breakfast included
  • Full-day tour of The Cradle of Humankind and  Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Full-day “Journey to Freedom” tour of Soweto and the Apartheid Museum
  • Two-nights’ accommodations at The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City with daily breakfast included
  • Three-nights’ accommodations at the Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge with all meals included
  • Two safari game drives in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park
  • Round-trip airport transfers within South Africa
  • Destination meet and greet service by SAA Vacations representatives

The Family, Culture and Safari package is available for daily departure between April 1 and August 31, 2017. Travelers are encouraged to contact SAA Vacations Africa Specialists at 1-855-FLY-SAAV.

South African Airways Vacations offers luxury packages to Africa and uses South African Airways route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Nambia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and the Indian Ocean islands. SAA Vacations offers more than 80 air-inclusive packages. 

Visit www.flysaavacations.com

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Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises Offers Incentives for Agents
Through December 23, 2017 | Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises

As Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises prepares for its inaugural Caribbean season this fall, Crystal announced the return of an incentive for travel agents: the "Sell 3/Sail Free" promotion. Agents who sell three suites aboard select November and December 2017 voyages and all 2018 Crystal Espirit sailings between now and December 23, 2017, will earn a complimentary sailing for themselves and a guest aboard any 2018 Crystal Espirit voyage. 

The all-suite, butler-serviced Crystal Espirit is equipped to sail harbors throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. With a capacity for 62 travelers, Crystal guests have access to all-inclusive amenities, including Michelin star-inspired cuisine and complimentary Crystal Adventures ashore. 

The newest and upcoming extensions of the Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class with Crystal Residences

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity is set to return to the Northwest Passage in August 2017 with itineraries in Alaska, the North Pacific, the Bering Sea, Canada, the Victoria Strait, and more. Plus, guests can now take advantage of Crystal Adventures Shore Excursions - Staff-led helicopter, kayak, and speedboat excursions when weather and conditions permit. 

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Azamara Club Cruises Announces "Twice as Nice" Deal
Through May 31, 2017 | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises has launched the line's latest travel deal - the Twice as Nice Deal - which offers new and returning cruisers savings up to $3,000 in value on voyages in 2017 and 2018, now through May 31, 2017. 

Guests who book a Club Veranda stateroom or higher and receive $1,000 off the cruise fare and a $2,0000 on board credit. Guests in a Club Interior or Club Ocean View stateroom can choose the $1,000 per stateroom savings or the $2,000 on board credit. 

The booking window is April 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017. Travelers can use the following three promo codes:

  • Savings amount - code SAVINGS
  • On board credit - code ONBCREDIT
  • Combined - code SAVOBC 

Other offers include an Early Booking Bonus, where guests who book their voyage 12 months prior to departure can receive up to $1,000 in on board credit with the promo code EARLYBONUS; the Online Booking Bonus, where guests who book select voyages online can get a $150 on board credit per stateroom, or $300 onboard credit per suite with the promo code ONLINE; and the Club Spa Suite Special, which offers guests a $200 spa credit when they book the Club Spa Suite

Azamara Club Cruises offer inclusive amenities including: complimentary AzAmazing Evenings, select standard spirits, international beers and wines; gratuities; bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas; self-service laundry; shuttle service to and from port communities and concierge services for personal guidance and reservations. 

Azamara's two ships, Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey, each have a capacity of 690 guests and sail to smaller ports often untouched by larger cruise ships. 

Visit www.azamaraclubcruises.com

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Costa Looks to Make Cruises Affordable With 'Kids Sail Free' Promotion
Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises has announced a new 'Kids Sail Free' promotion which allows kids to sail free on select sailings when cruising as the third and fourth guests in the cabin. Additionally, guests will also receive an on board spending credit that can be used towards amenities. 

Costa's Teen Junior Club (ages 12-14) and Teen Club (ages 15-17) offers kids activities that include dance and music courses, karaoke, talent shows, painting T-shirts, evening pool parties and sports tournaments. Adults have an assortment of activities to choose from as well, including the spa, evening disco parties, and sports tournaments. Together, families can watch movies on the ships' 4D-cinema, experience the Grand Prix simulator or play a round at the outdoor miniature-golf course. 

Families looking to take advantage of the Kids Sail Free promotion can do so when traveling on select fall and winter cruises in 2017. Additionally, the cabin will receive an on board credit up to $200 that can be used towards gift shop purchases, shore excursions, alternative dining and more. 

For example, a family of four could enjoy a Costa Diadema cruise from Barcelona, Spain, for $998, plus port charges and gratuities. For Costa Favalosa's November 2 departure from Barcelona, rates start at $447 per person for the first and second person in the cabin, with kids cruising free as the third and fourth guests. 

Costa Cruises offer accommodations, food and drink, snacks and special menus, entertainment, and use of the ships exercise areas and fitness facilities inclusive in the cruise fare. For an additional fee, guests can take advantage of room service, spa facilities, casinos, Costatours, beverage packages and specialty restaurants. 

Visit www.costacruise.com